Political action is critical to helping ensure that fire
fighter-friendly candidates are elected to public office. Every year,
new campaigns and elections are held at the local, state and federal
level – giving IAFF locals the opportunity to get politically active and
make a difference.
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who serve the public during their time of need. However, you are also
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In the News-IAFF Wins Second Pollie
June 25, 2007 -- The American
Association of Political Consultants has recognized the
IAFF once again with the prestigious Pollie Award in the
“Independent Expenditure/527 Communications” category
for direct mail for “Wildfires.”
The winning mailer was part of a four-piece direct mail
campaign the IAFF used during the Montana Senate general
election in 2006. The IAFF launched the campaign after
Senator Conrad Burns publicly criticized wildland fire
fighters for their efforts in fighting wildfires in the
state. In addition, during his three terms in the U.S.
Senate, Burns consistently voted against funding vital
fire fighter programs, including 16 votes against
funding since 9/11.
In addition to the IAFF’s efforts, the Montana State
Council of Professional Fire Fighters played an active
role in the campaign of State Senator Jon Tester, who
eventually went on to defeated Burns in one of the
closest U.S. Senate contests in 2006. IAFF members who
played key parts in the “Fire fighters for Tester”
effort were past attendees of the IAFF’s Political
The Pollie Awards are the national showcase for
recognizing the best in public affairs and political
communications. The annual competition is very spirited,
and this year was no exception. Judging is conducted by
a bi-partisan team of consultants who reviewed more than
2,300 total submissions.
Local political action is essential to electing pro-fire fighter
candidates to office. Fire fighters can play a critical campaign role as
a source for strategic advice, volunteers, fundraising, visibility and
media events. There are a variety of factors to consider in developing a
winning campaign plan. The Local Political Action site is a guide to
developing your campaign plan and includes tips to improve existing
plans. With an effective campaign plan, fire fighters can be an
important component to victory on Election Day.
The IAFF is proud to have more than 300 members and/or family members
currently elected to public office. Fire fighters and their family
members know best the unique issues first responders face in their
communities. By electing our own we are ensuring that those issues are
represented on the local, state and federal level. The IAFF encourages
our members and their family members to run for office. For more
information on how to apply for FIREPAC assistance, visit the “Electing
Our Own” site.
Currently Elected IAFF Members
If you are an IAFF member and/or family member
currently elected to public office and are not listed on the IAFF
Elected Officials List, please complete the Elected Official Survey. The
IAFF wants to recognize all of its members and family members who have
made the sacrifice and commitment to become public elected officials.
Since the IAFF introduced its Political Training Academy
in 1998, more than 700 IAFF members have completed the program. Many of
these members have gone on to run for public office, become effective
political directors for their locals or serve as campaign managers/activists on
behalf of fire fighter-endorsed candidates. The Political Training
Academy is for all members regardless of their level of political
experience. The Academy is a week-long intensive program that teaches
IAFF members all aspects of running an effective political campaign. For
more information, visit the Political Training Academy web site.